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Tao Te Ching 64: A Journey of a Thousand Miles


– 64 –

What is at rest is easily managed.

What is not yet manifest is easy to prevent.

What is rooted is easy to nourish.

What is fragile is easy to break.

What is small is easy to scatter.


Put things into order before they exist.

Prevent trouble before it arises.

The giant pine tree grows from a tiny seedling.

A tower nine stories high starts with a single brick.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


Rushing into action, you fail.

Trying to grasp things, you lose them.

By forcing a project to completion,

you ruin what was almost ripe.


People usually fail when they are on the verge of success.

So give as much care at the end as at the beginning,

and there will be no failure.

The Sage takes action

by letting things take their course.


He does not collect precious things.

He learns not to hold onto ideas.

He helps people find their true nature

but does not venture to lead them by the nose.



Here we have perhaps the most famous line of the entire Tao Te Ching: “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In keeping with the previous verse, it offers wise advice for taking action and dealing with whatever challenges we might face in the course of our lives.

We are urged to lay solid foundations, to deal with potential problems before they arise and to have the patience to avoid rushing things to premature completion. Instant gratification and immediate results are very much of the focus of our fast-paced society. But the Tao Te Ching advises us to avoid rushing into action and instead to pay careful attention to each step of our journey, being sure not to rush or force things. The more we rush, the more mistakes we make and the more we grasp, the easier it is to crush the very thing we are trying to nurture.

Everything in life has its own flow, its own pace and speed. If we can tune into that and align ourselves with it, we can achieve without undue exertion and enjoy effortlessness ease in everything we do. We instinctively know what to do and when to do it. This intelligence and flow is the Tao at work in and around us. Relax into it and allow the Tao to direct your life.

If you have enjoyed this series on the Tao Te Ching, it is now available as a collected volume in both paperback and ebook format on Amazon.

Tao Te Ching 63: The Art of Simplicity

– 63 –

Act without doing,

strive for the effortless.

Enjoy the plain and simple.

See simplicity in the complicated.

Achieve greatness in little things.

Difficult problems are best solved

while they are still easy.


Great projects are best started

while they are still small.

The Sage never takes on more

than she can handle,

which means that she leaves

nothing undone.


She never strives for greatness,

thus she achieves greatness.

When she runs into a difficulty,

she stops and gives herself to it.

Because she always confronts difficulties,

the task is always easier than planned.


This verse offers advice for daily life, for approaching work and projects of any kind and for dealing with difficulties and avoiding undue problems.

The Sage sees the large in the small and simplicity in the seemingly complex. Simplicity seems to be the key message. Rather than chasing after the grandiose, the Sage keeps her focus on the small details, simply doing one thing at a time, and never taking on more than she can handle.

She works simply, effortlessly, without forcing things and is sure to tackle problems before they get out of hand. These simple instructions offer a Tao-based approach to daily life and promise an easier, smoother path than we might otherwise experience when we lose touch with the natural flow.

If you have enjoyed this series on the Tao Te Ching, it is now available as a collected volume in both paperback and ebook format on Amazon.

Tao Te Ching 62: Dealing With Good and Bad


– 62 –

The Tao is the true nature,

the secret source of everything.

It is the good man’s treasure

and the bad man’s refuge.


If a person seems wicked,

do not cast him away.

Awaken him with your words,

elevate him with your deeds,

repay his injury with kindness.


When a new leader takes office,

do not give him gifts and offerings.

Instead offer to

teach him about the Tao.


Why was the Tao esteemed by the ancient Sages?

Because, being one with the Tao,

you find without looking and

when you make a mistake, you are forgiven.

It is the source of all good,

and the remedy for all evil.

It is the most noble thing in the world.


There’s no doubt that in this world we often have to deal with ‘wicked’ people; people that are so misaligned and dysfunctional that they cause untold misery for themselves and all those around them. Relating with such people can be an enormous challenge. The Tao Te Ching advises us to embrace rather than reject them and, in so doing, to shine a light in the darkness.

In spite of all appearances, the darkness can never harm the light, for it is merely the absence of light. If you walk into a dark room, you deal with the darkness by switching on a light—and it’s gone, just like that. It may not be quite so simple when dealing with people, for many stubbornly cling to their darkness, having made an identity out of it, but the principle remains the same.

It’s worth bearing in mind that we shouldn’t try to force others to change, but simply accept and embrace them. In so doing we may help them to become all they are capable of being.

Tao Te Ching 61: Humility

– 61 –

A great country is like the lowland,

toward which all streams flow.

It is the reservoir of all under heaven,

the feminine of the world.

The female overcomes the male with stillness.

Her tranquility gives rise to her humility,

The more powerful a country grows,

the greater the need for humility.

If a great country lowers itself before a small one,

it wins friendship and trust.

And if a small country can lower itself before a great one,

it will win over that ‘great’ country.

If a nation is centred in the Tao,

if it nourishes its own people,

if it does not meddle in the affairs of others,

it will be of great benefit of all others.


Most nations want to achieve ‘greatness’: to be higher, more elevated, prosperous and powerful than other countries. Nationalism is born of the ego’s desire to cement a stronger identity for itself and it does so by trying to convince itself that it’s somehow better than others.

This is not the way of the Tao. Lao Tzu asks us to adopt the opposite approach and to recognise the value of humility. Instead of trying to be bigger, stronger and more powerful than others, Lao Tzu suggests we embrace humility, to become like the lowland toward which all streams flow along their path to the sea. This is the feminine approach, which is one of stillness, equanimity and peace.

There’s no place for conflict, war or erroneous notions of being ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ when a country is at one with the Tao. We’ve tried it the other way. It didn’t work. Perhaps it’s time for us to approach world affairs and foreign policy with an altogether different approach.

This doesn’t mean that we become the doormats of the world. To embody the Tao is to be in perfect balance, not idle passivity. It’s a state of alignment and a necessary recalibration after centuries of striving to subjugate and dominate others. True victory is not coming out on top: it the realisation and actualisation of unity, peace and harmony between nations.

If you have enjoyed this series on the Tao Te Ching, it is now available as a collected volume in both paperback and ebook format on Amazon.

The Visionary Fiction Revolution – And How Words Can Change the World

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This article was originally written for The Visionary Fiction Alliance and posted on their website in two parts. It’s one of the most important and, for me, most cathartic pieces I’ve ever written. It helped clarify why I’ve always wanted to write, why I’m passionate about the power of storytelling, and why I will probably still be churning out words when I’m 90! I hope you find it interesting!

It’s estimated that nearly 130 million books have been published in modern history. 28 million books are currently in print in English alone. When contemplating writing a book, I can’t help but reflect on these staggering statistics, as indeed I think all authors should. Does the world really need another book to add to those 130 million others? In what way is writing a book going to benefit the world and enhance the lives of its…

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Read Chapter One of ‘The Key of Alanar’: “The Stranger”

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If you missed The Key of Alanar‘s darkly dramatic Prologue, you can still find it here! This, the first chapter of the book, is set 10,000 years after the apocalyptic events of the Prologue and the fall of Lasandria. Set in a completely different time and place, the story shifts gears as we meet David, the book’s central protagonist, on a day that will change his life forevermore.

If you are eager to read more, The Key of Alanar is now available to buy on Amazon and multiple retailers in both paperback and ebook format. Visit the official launch page for buy links, background information and much more.

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Chapter One

Year of Atahl, 14,999

Standing on the edge of the riverbank, David gazed into the trickling water. A fragmented, ghostly reflection stared back at him: that of a nine year-old boy, lost and utterly alone. Reaching down, he picked up a…

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Read the Prologue of ‘The Key of Alanar’

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I’m delighted to share the Prologue of my novel ‘The Key of Alanar’! You can download it as a PDF file here. In addition, over the next few days I’ll be sharing the first FOUR chapters of the book. Don’t miss it. If you can’t wait and are eager to read more, the book is now officially published. You’ll find it on Amazon and multiple retailers. Visit the official launch page for buy links, background information and much more.




The End

Year of Atania, 4999 

It took only seconds for an entire civilization to perish. 

Ardonis watched as the shockwave tore through the city in every direction. The golden metropolis was laid to waste with devastating ease: the buildings collapsing into smoldering ash, scattered by the wind; the crowd of thousands incinerated in the blink of an eye.

Fire and cinders spiraled from the rubble as…

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‘The Key of Alanar’ is Officially Released Today!

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Hi everyone! It may be Monday morning (ugh!) but it’s also 14th September, a day I’ve been looking forward to for some time now! I’m delighted to announce that The Key of Alanar is now available online from multiple stores in both ebook and paperback format. You can also order it through your local bookshop or library, too!

My website has been updated with full details about the book, including information on the characters and setting. You can also order a SIGNED COPY directly from me. All you need to do is select your region and click ‘buy now’ and your payment will be processed via Paypal. It really is as simple as clicking a button. All orders will be promptly dispatched and will include a free bookmark. Click here to visit the Key of Alanar launch page!

Here are the direct links to Amazon and Amazon UK. There are more…

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Here is my interview with Rory Mackay

Thanks to Fiona Mcvie for this amazing interview, I enjoyed it :)


Name Rory Mackay

Age 36

Where are you from I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and have lived in the North East for most of my life.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

 I have qualifications in Fine Art and a degree in Social Science, which makes for an interesting combination. I think my artistic, creative side mixed with a background in psychology, sociology and other disciplines has lent my work a unique angle. I tend to be a bit of a hermit sometimes, although I can be outgoing at times. As well as having to deal with some health challenges the past decade or so, I have devoted myself to my study of Eastern philosophy and spirituality, as well as creating a series of books that I have been working on since my school days.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My second…

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‘Kill the Past, Destroy the World’ – Short story ebook now FREE on Amazon Kindle for 72 hours!

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If you haven’t already downloaded my latest short story, the provocatively titled prelude to my new novel, now is your chance! For a limited time, Kill the Past, Destroy the World is available to download for FREE on Amazon Kindle. If you have read the story, then I do hope you will share it with anyone else you think might enjoy it.

Kill the Past, Destroy the World tells the story of Mailyn, an embittered sorceress who returns to her homeland, determined to settle some old scores and seek revenge for the sins of the past. Guided by mysterious beings she believes to be ‘angels’, Mailyn is part of a dangerous plot that could spell the end for an entire world. With Mailyn determined to set Alanar alight with the fire of the angels, only one man, the High Priest Ardonis, can stand against her and prevent her from unleashing a planetary apocalypse.

Leading right…

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